2006 Gravel Knob Vineyard Pinot Noir
The Gravel Knob section of our 200-acre Home Ranch estate vineyard produces distinctive, opulent fruit year after year, prompting us to create this single-lot bottling that reflects the unique terroir. Rocky, well-drained soils, and ideal orientation and frequent exposure to wind combine to yield Pinot Noir with exotic aromas and flavors with a supple texture.
Vibrant, pure fruit aromas of ripe raspberry, wild berry and cranberry along with background sassafras and cola notes fill the nose of this lively Pinot Noir. On the palate, this sleek and supple wine offers complex Bing cherry and raspberry flavors with hints of spice through a bright finish that is persistent and harmonious.
The 2006 vintage began with a cold, wet spring, ample rainfall through March and April, and some frost damage to Chardonnay. But Pinot Noir was unaffected by frost and produced a generous crop, so much so that we thinned clusters substantially to meet our low yield goals. Cool weather in August and September allowed the slow period of ripening we needed to develop very sound, very ripe fruit with little desiccation. We harvested our hillside estate vines in late September.
2011 Gold Medals
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
This estate Pinot Noir is a fine match for venison, herb-crusted rack of lamb, grilled salmon, mushrooms or braised short ribs. Try pairing it with Dry Jack or Fontina cheeses and ripe figs or almonds for the cheese course.
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir